Rat Creek wrote:While it will not cure the billionaire impact on politics, term limits would go a very long way.
I really truly think a better solution is a minimum age for first elected or appointed office of 50 years old.
Would Obama sat on his Harvard Law Degree if he had to wait until his 50th birthday before he ran for his first office?
He was only 36 years old AND ONLY 6 YEARS OUT OF LAW SCHOOL
he was supposedly ready to represent the people of the 13th district in the Illinois legislature.
This is just plain silly that people who hardly have the ink dry on their diploma have the life experience and expertise to run the government. How do you think these people get elected? On their own or through the backing of powerful special interests?
Rat Creek wrote:If we could get rid of the 20 - 30 year careers (sometimes more), it would help. That invites bad behavior.
Your plan doesn't get rid of that.
BTW, I have no problem with a guy that was highly successful retiring and going into public service and serving in the legislature from the time he is 60 until he is 90. Many of our founding fathers had long careers in government. Few if any was it their FIRST and only career.
The older accomplished individual is much harder to corrupt. The young naive lawyer a few years out of college who thinks he knows everything, well, he's an easy mark. There is an endless string of these people to run through office by the political machines.
The real trick is getting people that have true life experience, who are not crushed if they lose the election, who are not beholden to the political machines, etc. Term limits don't help and likely increase not decrease the power of the political machines.
I'd love to see this be a serious proposal. I'd bet dollars to donuts that the Democrats would object the loudest, but only slightly louder than the big government Republicans. They want people they can control. They don't want people who know what they are doing who are not worried about losing their livelihood and who have a real reputation they wish to maintain.
A politician thinks of the next election; a statesman of the next generation. A politician looks for the success of his party; a statesman for that of the country. The statesman wished to steer, while the politician was satisfied to drift.